Frequently Asked Questions
What is Faculty Connections?
- Faculty led orientation and mentoring program that provides ongoing professional development and connects faculty for an entire year.
- Greater integration into the teaching and learning environment at LCC.
- Engagement among faculty who seek to share expertise in college systems and teaching/learning pedagogy.
- A benefit, negotiated by our union.
Who is eligible? What are the roles?
- Mentee - Any faculty who has joined the college (in a faculty role) within the past 5 years and not yet participated in Faculty Connections with a mentor. (Stipend)
- Mentor - Any faculty who has been teaching at Lane more than three (3) years, is engaged with college activities, and wants to assist a new faculty member on an ongoing basis for the entire academic year. (Stipend)
- Participant – Any faculty member who would like the connection and ongoing professional development.
Can I attend more than once?
- Yes. New (within 5 years) faculty can attend once as a "mentee" with the stipend. Faculty can continue as a “participant” as many times as you like – without the stipend - or as a Mentor after you have taught for at least three (3) full years.
Begins with a seminar held prior to college In-service. Participants receive a small stipend, as the Faculty Connections seminar is held before the start of our contracted academic work year. Programming at the seminar varies from year to year; however, you can expect:
- Examples of engaged teaching techniques and activities you can adapt for your classroom.
- The opportunity to connect with Lane Community College's leadership.
- An introduction to some of Lane's faculty-focused resources (LCCEA, Faculty Professional Development, Academic Technology Center, Library).
- The chance to build relationships with faculty across academic disciplines.
- Lots of fun!
The Mentorship program matches new and experienced faculty (often from different departments). Initial meetings take place during lunch at the fall seminar. Continue meeting twice per term (or more) providing support to new faculty for a greater understanding of college systems and resources. Examples of activities may include; human resource needs, contract negotiations, campus tours, attendance at college events, professional development activities, the Fitness Center, observing each other's classes, discussing classroom issues and many more. Members of each pair determine the activities. We seek mentors who are widely involved in the college for maximum assistance to new faculty. These meetings continue for the entire academic year. Both the mentor and mentee receive a $400 stipend in the spring after at least 6 meetings since time spent together is expected to fall outside of regularly paid time. (This stipend is in addition to the seminar stipend.)
Opportunities for engagement continue throughout the year:
- Workshop and round-table offerings through Lane's Faculty Professional Development program.
- Lunch or dinner in a local restaurant. 1 per term. Families are welcome at the spring dinner.
- Moodle class is active for ongoing discussions, sharing of resources, and an opportunity to experience Moodle from the student side.
Why should I join?
- 100% of faculty who have participated last year said they had FUN! 94% felt more integrated into LCC’s culture
- 82% learned several teaching strategies (More than 18% had also attended in previous years)
How do I sign up?
Contact the current Faculty Connections coordinator for more information. A registration form will be sent out via email and included in the Lane Weekly prior to the Faculty Connections seminar before fall term each year.
Questions? Please ask me. More specific details will be sent to those who register. We hope to see you in the fall!
Faculty Connections Coordinator